Sterling Silver will tarnish. It is a fact of life. Sterling silver jewelry will become tarnished, no matter what you do, it is normal. Once exposed to air, it will react to moisture in the air, causing the tarnishing. Silver also will begin to tarnish faster in areas with high humidity and a larger contrast of air pollution. Chemicals can also speed up the tarnishing process. If your silver jewelry is often exposed to body lotion, perfume, hair spray, deodorant, or bleach, it is very likely that your silver jewelry will tarnish faster than someone who is not exposed to these types of chemicals. It is advised to keep your jewelry away from fruit juices, olives, and vinegar.
If your jewelry piece has tarnished but it is not too severe, it can be buffed out with a special silver cloth, or any nonabrasive cloth. Since silver is such a pliable and soft metal, it is more likely to become scratched than other metals. Avoid polishing your silver with paper towels, tissues, or toilet paper.
When polishing, use long back and forth motions following along with the grain of your silver. If you rub in small circles, you will intensify, or magnify the minuscule scratches on your jewelry. While rubbing in back-and-forth motions, ensure that you move to separate sections of your cloth or you may end up putting the tarnish right back on to your jewelry.
You can use soap and water to clean jewelry too. We recommend a phosphate-free dishwasher liquid like Dawn Dish Soap. Use warm water, a few drops of soap, and a non-abrasive cleaning cloth like microfiber. Joe Wall 925 Sterling Jewelry does have a rhodium coating, you don’t want to buff that off. Use the back-and-forth wiping motions to ensure that you move to separate sections of your piece. Once complete, rinse with warm water when you are done and pat dry.